Volunteers who lectured and inspired included Rudy Roy, Erik Sorto, Kathleen Shanfield, Diana Ugalde, Jan Furamasu, Amanda Van Dusen, Henry Evans, Jim Chud, Nora Ames, Andy Downard, Mark Fuglevand, Drora Shevy, Dmitrii Estrin, Hymie Pogir, Barbara Beskind and many others!Some projects include: Wheelchair for patients with hemiplegia, pressure ulcer prevention system, 3D printer prosthesis, open source eye-tracking software.
AllezStephanie Moon, Sheila Lo, Auggie Nanz
Introduction: Allez allows individuals with hemiplegia to move with ease by producing an affordable and durable one arm wheelchair drive attachment capable of being adapted to various wheelchairs. The focus of this project was to provide a useful, intuitive solution for people with hemiplegia. We have accomplished this goal by providing our users with a modular one arm drive attachment for manual wheelchairs.
Induction BoyzMorgan Hill, Thomas Peterson, Omer Subasi
Introduction: A product was developed to help power wheelchair users to recharge their wheelchair batteries. This is done without the aid of a caregiver. The user easily maneuvers their wheelchair over a fixed low profile contact device which enables this charging.
Axis (with ArtCenter)Mary Boyajian, Elliott Davis, Bogdan Dimitriu, Sherrie Yang
Introduction: Paraplegics use their upper body strength to lift themselves up while they move short distances to perform a transfer. This is very hard on the body over time particularly for women.
We devised a foldable, sliding board to help transfers in and out of their chairs. This includes moving into and out of a car seat to a wheelchair.
The Doorbuster 2017: An Automatic Door Opener for people in wheelchairsManasa Ashok, Sumana Mahata, Meera Ramakrishnan, Harry Teng, Sherrie Yang
Introduction: The process of opening rolling through doors is a challenge for wheelchair uses. An automatic door opener was designed to be cost effective, intuitive, and helpful in getting through the front door of a home.
Over Braked – new braking systems for wheelchairsCole Allen, Lucy Chen, Michael Jenson, Sheila Murthy, Alissa Wang
Introduction: Standard brakes for solid rubber wheels work well enough on new wheels but are much less effective on worn tires. This is, of course, highly dangerous for wheelchair users, who may find their chairs shifting or even tipping backwards as they perform their daily transfers in and out of the wheelchair. Our solution is a brake that engages with the floor like a kickstand instead of the wheels. This avoids wear effects.
Pressure Sore Detection System: Motivation, Design, and FabricationNasser Al-Rayes, Ishwar Subramanian
Introduction: Pressure sores are still far too common in the medical world, costing the United States $11 billion each year in patient treatment. For wheelchair patients we developed a series of sensors that sit between the wheelchair upholstery and wheelchair cushion. These sensors will be adjustable depending on the person’s build to ensure our product acts as a one-size-fits-all. This would be the basis for a system which mitigates the effect of pressure over a period of time.
Extensions to existing X-box controllers for avid Gamers with limited mobilityTalia Minear
Introduction: Extensions to adapt existing Xbox controllers for avid gamers with limited mobility were designed and built. This will help build cognitive skills, physical strength, and self-confidence. Commercial Xbox buttons are small and tightly mapped on the controller, which is not designed for fine motor skills and not for the one-handed. Our kit of clip-on additions to the Xbox extend the joysticks and the top trigger buttons. They are easily attached to and removed from the controller to enable ease of putting on and removal. The result is that these tasks can be preformed without outside help.
Wheelpower: “Where there’s a wheel, there’s a way Hybrid-motor assisted wheelchair”Bailey Da Costa, Vasant Iyer, Mathew Simon, Surya Sundararajan
Introduction: Pushing a wheelchair places a heavy burden on attendants and caregivers; in the long term, caregivers who push wheelchairs often accumulate a number of chronic injuries. Our goal is to create a motorized assist device that can help a caregiver push a collapsible wheelchair, preventing injuries from repetitive stress. Our product is designed to help in a variety of conditions (terrain, inclines, etc.) and feel natural both to the caregiver and the person in the wheelchair.
AxisMary Boyajian, Elliott Davis, Bogdan Dimitriu, Sherrie Yang
Introduction: The issue of transfer from a wheelchair to a regular chair or to a driver’s seat of a car is significant. Although boards to slide on are a possible solution, present devices are heavy and bulky. We designed a board that is light (carbon fiber), foldable, strong and compact and was shown to be effective in moving the user into the driver’s seat.
Intelligent Cane- Advancement of Cane Technology (ACT)Sandra Liu, Maegan Tucker
Introduction: The work resulted in a prototype cane which was sensitive to tilt - giving a sensory signal (vibration) when not in proper orientation as the gait progressed. This was tested and approved at our partner institution- Rancho los Amigos. Falls by the elderly can be a great risk for disability.
Clunk and Swoosh Assistive wheelchair Anti-tippersEllen Chuan , Cindy Huang, Julia Xia
Introduction: The act of propelling a manual wheelchair can be quite hard on the body and can easily lead to shoulder injuries. A next-generation wheelchair power assist would allow wheelchair users to maintain the same level of mobility while decreasing the required physical exertion. The object was to allow the chair to “glide” for longer, cutting the number of times a user would need to push drastically.